East Moline / Davenport

Medical Laser Therapy


How does it work?

Photons of laser light penetrate through the skin and are absorbed by special components in your body’s cells called chromophores. Just as photosynthesis creates energy for plants to grow, the absorption of the photons by your cells causes increased production of cellular energy. Another example in humans is vitamin D. Vitamin D is also synthesized via a photochemical process. Using laser light in areas of damage or injury means there is more available energy for accelerated healing. This is called biostimulation.  Because of its biostimulatory nature, laser therapy has the potential to help almost any scenario whereby the body’s cells are not working to their optimum potential including muscle cells, bone cells and cartilage. Laser therapy assists with…

  • Increased joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Muscular trigger point detoxification
  • Muscle Relaxation
  • Faster wound healing
  • Reduced fibrous (scar) tissue formation
  • Analgesia (advanced reduction in pain and spasms)
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia pain reduction

Therapeutic effects during each treatment:
Laser energy increases ATP production (cellular energy) and circulation which draws water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area.  This reduces inflammation, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.  These events lead to a cascade of beneficial effects and dramatic pain relief.

When it comes to pain management, Laser treatments are extremely safe and can provide amazing results.  It is an effective alternative to surgical procedures, does not require the use of drugs and has virtually no side effects! This Class-4 Laser therapy has faster and more effective results than other modalities of lasers because of its ability to reach deep tissues. It simply does what other lasers cannot. This means faster treatments for a greater number of applications including (but not limited to) the following…

Laser therapy effects conditions via:

  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Accelerated Cell Growth
  • Accelerated Cell Reproduction
  • Accelerated Tissue Repair
  • Increased Circulation
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Improved Immunoresponse
  • Improved Vascular Activity

How long has laser therapy been utilized in pain management? 
Laser therapy has been used in Europe for over 30 years.

Are there any safety risks associated with Class IV laser therapy?
The Class IV high powered Laser gained FDA market clearance in March 2005 and is extremely safe provided it is applied by a Laser certified and properly trained professional. However it is not used over the eyes due to the sensitivity of the retina; therefore all patients must wear protective safety glasses during the treatment.

Is there any pain or side effects associated with Class IV laser therapy? 
The laser should be painless and has no side effects when applied by a Laser certified, properly trained professional. During treatment the patient experiences a gentle warming effect, and at many times a profound feeling of relaxation. Sometimes the day following treatment some muscle stiffness may be felt.

Do you use a “cold” laser? 
No. Most laser therapy devices are class III lasers or “cold/LLLT” lasers.  Their power ranges from 5 milliwatts to 500 milliwatts.  Madison Laser Therapy uses the Laser, a Class IV high-powered therapeutic laser that can deliver up to 10 Watts (10,000 milliwatts). However the Laser power is adjustable from 500 milliwatts to 10 Watts allowing for a wide range of treatment protocols. This higher power means better tissue penetration with the class IV laser system and is not attainable with cold laser devices.

How many laser sessions are necessary and how long does a session take? 
It depends on the condition. Sometimes once is enough, but sometimes five to ten sessions are needed to achieve a treatment goal.  These sessions should be scheduled at two to three times per week for short duration treatment, or one to two treatments per week with longer treatment protocols. Each session will usually take about 20 minutes but it depends on the area that is being treated. For example a broken finger would take less time that hip pain simply because of the size of the area being treated.

How long before the results are felt?
You usually feel improvement in your condition within minutes after the very first treatment. Sometimes you may not feel major improvement for a number of treatments, however this does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.

Numerous studies show that Laser Therapy can help with:
Tendinopathies, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Myofascial Trigger Points, Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow), Ligament Sprains, Muscle Strains, Repetitive stress injuries, Chondromalacia Patellae, Plantar Fasciitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Shoulder, Back & Knee Pain, Herpes Zoster (Shingles), Post-Traumatic Injury, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, Diabetic Neuropathy, Venous Ulcers, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Burns, Deep Edema, Congestion, Sports Injuries, Auto & Work Related Injuries.

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